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17 March, 2020  // From March 18 to May 1, 2020, Russia restricts entry for foreigners and stateless persons. Exceptions apply only to diplomats, truckers, permanent residents of Russia, as well as crews of ships and trains.

11 March, 2020  // In 2019, according to Rosstat, the highest average salaries in Russia were in the following sectors: finance, insurance (103k rubles per month - 1,500 USD), mining (89), information, communications (74), scientific, technical, professional activities (73), state administration, army, social security (51). The lowest salaries were in public catering and hotels (28).

25 February, 2020  // According to the Hydrometeorological Center of Russia, the strongest temperature deviations are expected in the north of western and central Siberia (up to 15 degrees warmer than usual). In European Russia, the deviation will be from 6 to 12 degrees, in Moscow - 6-9 degrees above normal, daytime temperatures will be near and above zero.

10 February, 2020  // According to Evgeny Bryun, the chief narcologist of the Ministry of Health, the number of alcohol abusers in Russia (daily consumption of 50 ml of strong alcohol for a month) is 30%. The majority of them (80%) are men. However, over the past 10 years, the consumption has decreased from 18 to 9.3 liters per capita (12 liters including moonshine).

22 January, 2020  // Russia ranks 134th out of 165 countries in the Democracy Index 2019 compiled by The Economist Intelligence Unit. Russia still remains in the list of countries with authoritarian regimes and no improvements are expected in the near future (2020-2024).

19 January, 2020  // In 2019, according to AUTOSTAT, the most popular new foreign cars in Russia were: KIA Rio (92.5 thousand, -7.7% than in 2018), Hyundai Creta (71.5, +5.8%), Hyundai Solaris (58.7, -10.5%), VW Polo (56.1, -5.6%), Renault Duster (39, -5.7%), VW Tiguan (37,2, +11.1%), Renault Logan (35.4, +16.9%), Skoda Rapid (35.1, +0.1%), KIA Sportage (34.4, +5.2%), and Toyota Camry (34, +0.9%).

12 January, 2020  // The climate in Russia is rapidly changing. Over the past 30 years, the average annual temperature increased by 1-1.5 degrees Celsius. In Moscow, the average January temperature rose by 2 degrees. Russia is warming about 2.5 times faster than the entire planet because its land area significantly exceeds its water surface.

19 December, 2019  // On December 19, 2019, in Pevek, the northernmost city of Russia located in the Chukotka Autonomous Region, the floating nuclear power plant "Akademik Lomonosov" began to supply electricity to the local grid. Thus, the number of operating nuclear power plants in Russia increased from 10 to 11.

28 November, 2019  // According to the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the number of foreigners studying Russian almost halved since the collapse of the USSR, from 74.6 million (1991) to 38.2 million (2018). Excluding the former USSR countries, this number fell from 20 million to just over 1 million. Today, about 235 million people around the world speak Russian.

8 November, 2019  // In 2019, according to Rosstat, 12% of Russians live a healthy life: don't smoke, eat enough fruits/vegetables, have regular exercise, drink little. Leaders: Ingushetia (49%), Adygea (28.8%), Chuvashia (25%). Outsiders: Chukotka (0.4%), Tuva (1%), Nenets Autonomous Okrug (2.1%). Moscow - 8.8%, St. Petersburg - 6.8%.

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